A visit to Malaysia is incomplete without trying out some of these popular Malaysian dishes.

Nasi Lemak

Enjoy the full-bodied aroma of rice cooked in coconut milk and enhanced with spices such as ginger, star anise and cinnamon. This wholesome dish is usually eaten with fried anchovies, poached eggs, spicy sambal gravy, fresh slices of cucumber, crunchy groundnuts and rendang, a thick meat curry. Many Malaysians swear that a plateful of nasi lemak is the best way to begin the day


This Malaysian signature dish consists of skewered chicken or beef grilled over a charcoal fire. The thick succulent meat is savoured with a tasty peanut dip, rice cubes as well as fresh slices of onion and cucumber.

Teh Tarik

Literally meaning ‘stretched tea’, the piping hot tea is skilfully pulled from one mug to another, to increase its aroma and cool its temperature. Mixed with evaporated or condensed milk, teh tarik is a popular Malaysian drink enjoyed at any time of the day.

Roti Canai

This traditional Malaysian breakfast Is a light crispy pancake made from wheat floor. Watch the experts sound, stretch and toss the dough and then cook it to perfection on a griddle. Roti canai is best savoured with lentil or chicken curry.

Air Batu Campur (ABC)

This dessert makes an excellent thirst quencher on a hot afternoon. Air batu campur or ice kacang is a bowl filled to the brim with shaved ice and condiments such as red beans, groundnuts, corn and fruits, sweetened with condensed mill and sugar syrup.


This dessert consists of shaved ice and coconut milk, and sweetened with brown sugar syrup. Its main ingredient is the cendol, or noodle-like strips made of green bean flour.


A local salad of shredded vegetables with curried squid and deep fried crab served with a spicy, nutty sauce. An alternative is the rojak buah or fruit salad mixed in a sauce made of fermented shrimp paste.

Chicken Rice

A hearty rice dish served with roasted, steamed or poached chicken as well as ginger paste, chilli sauce and soy sauce.


A unique local noodle soup dish with ingredients such as coconut milk, seafood, bean sprouts, cucumber and spices. Variations include Laksa Penang, Laksa Johor and Laksa Sarawak, each with its own distinct flavor and taste.


A wide assortment of tasty and nutritious tropical fruits can be found in supermarkets, stalls and open-air night markets. The durian is Malaysia’s King of Fruits with a smooth creamy texture and distinct fragrance. Seasonal fruits include rambutan, duku, mangosteen and ciku, while papaya, watermelon and pomelo are other juicy succulent delights available all year round. Fruits such as jackfruit and banana are also made into tasty fritters.

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